March 31, 1912-July 16, 2006
by: contributed photo, Lola Splawn

Gresham resident Mary 'Lola' Splawn, 94, died Sunday, July 16, at a Gresham care center. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in the Youth Center at East Hill Foursquare Church, 50 N.W. Fifth St., Gresham.

Lola was born March 31, 1912, in Linn, Okla., to Steve and Willie Splawn.

Her family came to Gresham in 1916. Lola graduated from Gresham Union High School in 1932.

Lola had several careers. She worked for the Alameda Pharmacy in Portland. She then moved to Washington, D.C., to become a secretary for the Maritime Commission. Lola also was a bookkeeper for an armored car company in New York City.

She returned to Gresham to care for her mother in 1958.

Lola was an ordained minister in the Christian church. She ministered to a congregation during the 1950s in California. She was an accomplished organist and pianist who played in church and gave music lessons.

Her sisters, Ruth Jones and Edna Thompson, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sister, Margaret Splawn of Gresham; brothers, Floyd Splawn of Sandy, Steve Splawn Jr. of Show Low, Ariz., and Raymond Splawn of Spokane, Wash.; and three generations of nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to Providence Hospice, the American Cancer Society or the Gresham Historical Society.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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